What does the “AES Rehost” mean to you?

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By: Omari Wooden

Global Business Network BackgroundOver the last few months, there have been numerous discussions about the changes to the Automated Export System (AES) and how it relates to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). More importantly, how do any of these changes affect you?

What is Changing with the AES?
The AES was developed back in 1994 and the system’s technology and platform needed to be updated and refreshed. This migration of the AES to ACE is called the rehost. The purpose of the rehost is to make the technology more modern in order to develop a transition to the ACE. The ACE will become the “single window”, the primary system through which the international trade community will submit import and export data and documentation required by all Federal agencies.

How will the Rehost Affect You?
You will continue to transmit your export shipments through AESDirect as you have in the past. For companies that use software vendors, service centers or self-developed software, continue to transmit in the same fashion.The changes to the AES are best defined as an internal upgrade.

The AES and ACE-Export are the same system, however, it may also be referred to as part of the International Trade Data System or ITDS.

The AES Rehost and migration to ACE helps us move export processing into the 21st century. If you want more information, please visit ITDS.gov.

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2 Responses to What does the “AES Rehost” mean to you?

  1. Lisa Parlier says:


    Do you have the specific target date for the rehosting to take place for AES onto ACE platform? I’m reading “Fall”, but do we have more time now?

    • Global Reach Stephen says:

      @Lisa, The AES rehost to the ACE platform was completed last year and the changed was pretty seamless to the trade. I think you may be asking about the new AESDirect within ACE and in that case, we are still giving the range of “Fall” and we hope to have more solid dates that we can share soon. You are able to begin the process for this migration by registering for an ACE account if you are not already an ACE user. Here is the most recent blog about these changes – ACE Export Accounts and Export Trade Reports! Not AESDirect

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